After 25 years of matching people and properties, Vrbo knows a thing or two about finding dream family holiday homes. But they also know that everyone is different. Which is why, earlier this year, they asked the British public to vote for the UK's Favourite Urban, Seaside and Rural Destinations . More than 4000 voters responded, and the three most family friendly destinations in each category can now be revealed!
You might not be surprised to learn that the Highlands of Scotland topped the rural list for the sheer beauty of the landscape; pretty much endless dramatic history; more than a hint of romance (and Outlander); as well as plenty of amazing - non-weather dependent - activities for kids. St. Ives in Cornwall was family-friendliest in the seaside category, another unsurprising winner thanks to its spectacular beaches; delightfully quaint, time-stood-still town centre; international art galleries; fantastic family attractions and great surfing. Then came London. Families love urban adventures it seems and the UK capital ticks every single box from world famous museums to legendary landmarks.
So now you know the UK's Most Family Friendly Destinations 2021 - as picked by Vrbo voters - take a look at 11 stunning dream family holiday homes from Vrbo in the Highlands of Scotland, St. Ives and London, all available to rent right now.
Literally nowhere in the Scottish Highlands is higher than John o’ Groats. As far north as you can go on mainland Scotland, it’s the place for wide open landscapes, incredible beaches and the biggest skies imaginable. These remarkable eco lodges make the most of natural magnificence with glass walls and large outdoor decks. There’s a woodburning fireplace in the living area for cooler evenings and just about everything, from sleek sofas to snuggly blankets, is locally sourced.
If your heart’s set on a true Highland holiday, it doesn’t come much more authentic than waking up to views across the Black Isle. Apart from enchanting aspects, these luxury glamping pods are the perfect mix of cosy inside and great outdoors: just what you need up in the north of Scotland.
Dating back to the 18th century, this pretty cottage nestles between open countryside and the village of Drumnadrochit in the Scottish Highlands. Beautifully restored, it even has cocoon-like bunk beds for kids and a charming vinehouse overlooking a lovely, natural garden. Young monster hunters will be delighted to know Loch Ness is less than five minutes drive away.
Granny’s Cottage close to John o’ Groats proves you don’t need to have Scottish relatives of your own to feel perfectly at home in the Highlands. Part of a small terrace of traditional village houses it’s beautifully quaint on the outside, very cosy indoors and just right for active families with older kids.
Minutes from one of the best loved beaches in south Cornwall, yet surrounded by a large and very pretty garden, this is the type of holiday home that put St. Ives up top in Vrbo’s Family Friendly Destination poll. Kids will love the seaside vibe, the Cornwall Coastal Path is nearby and icons like Tate St. Ives are within easy walking distance.
The word apartment doesn’t do justice to this incredible ground floor holiday home with its private garden and wide open views over gorgeous Carbis Bay. A fresh and airy interior with blonde wood floors and plenty natural light only adds to the beach cottage feel, plus the beach itself is just a stroll away.
Just a short walk from the sands of stunning Carbis Bay, Compass Point is a dream seaside holiday apartment with incredible views of the coast from its big, sunny terrace. And if you can tear yourself away from the beach, the St. Ives’ tourist train stops nearby so you can be in the enchanting town centre in minutes.
Stay right at the heart of St. Ives in a beautifully restored Grade II listed building minutes away from everything that makes the most famous Cornish harbour town so iconic. But prime location aside, this family apartment also wins for its impeccable aesthetic, wonderful light and charming traditional features. It even has window seats overlooking the streets of St. Ives.
Best of all worlds in London doesn’t get better than an elegant townhouse set in a private garden, but within easy reach of the city centre. This is a faultlessly restored family home where traditional features and contemporary design mix easily. And kids are welcomed with sweet touches like an outdoor climbing frame and swings.
Everything about this South Kensington townhouse has been thoughtfully planned, right down to the combination of traditional details with thoroughly 21st century features, like an outdoor terrace with gleaming gas BBQ. The owner’s a gourmet cook, so the kitchen’s flawless. And if quaint city streets are high on your London must-have list, South Kensington is full of them.
Penthouse apartments in London don’t get more central than this one. Not only does it overlook Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, you can step out the front door almost right into the heart of Chinatown. Everything’s been thought of here from coffee machines to cable TV. There are underground stations minutes away, and it even has an enormous roof terrace.
Vrbo has one of the UK’s widest selections of holiday homes to rent in 2021, and everywhere from Cornwall to the Highlands of Scotland is covered by a Book With Confidence Guarantee. On the planning front, Vrbo's new Trip Board feature lets families share the fun of choosing a holiday home; which keeps everyone happy and definitely de-stresses multi-gen family holiday plans. You can even get together and take Virtual Tours of a variety of Vrbo holiday rentals in the UK now too. And if a walkthrough isn’t quite enough to answer all your questions, just ask the Vrbo Virtual Assistant, available online 24/7 for help and advice.